Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on August 23, 1974 · Page 12
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Page 4B (ARK.) STAR Friday, August 23, 1974 'Fiddler' finds its voice at last By Dick Kleiner HOLLYWOOD - (NEA) At long last, (he part of Tcvyc in "Fiddler On the Roof" is in the hands — nr the voice — of the man who was meant lo do it. Robert Merrill is doing "Fiddler" here for the summer and it's a joy lo hear those songs sung by a man with a great voice. And Merrill says that Joseph Slum, who wrote the book of "Fiddler," told him when he wrote it that he had one iruin in rnind for the part as he wrote it - Robert Merrill. "He said he was afraid to approach me," Merrill says. "I mi^ht have done it, if lie had. I'd turned down oilier Broadway shows along Ihe way, but this is different." He has long said no lo Broadway offers, feeling that one career was enough. His one career has always been grand opera. But now, with his summer free, he has come out to do "Fiddler" here, because it doesn't conflict with his operatic commitments. Merrill says opera in New York is in bad shape. The Metropolitan, he says, is having financial problems due to a tremendously high overhead. "It's near the disaster point," he says. "It's depressing that the richest country in the world has lo beg and borrow to keep culture going. Canada has more money for opera than we have." He says the Met is starting lo cut corners and he's afraid the quality of the company will suffer. K MONTGOMERY: Rarely at home. George Montgomery was in town. That doesn't 'happen very often. Like so many actors Montgomery has turned producer and he makes his own movies. Mostly, he makes them overseas — in the Philippines, Spain, Yugoslavia. "My agent says if I'd only stick around for a while,' Montgomery says, "he could get me a TV series here." But he says he can't slick around. His movies are low- budget affairs and it costs less lo shoot elsewhere. An extra in the Philippines costs eight pesos (about $1) a day. Even a skilled cameraman is only 25 pesos (a bit over $3). He's going back to the Philippines to do two more of his films- "The Ho Chi Minh Trail" and "The Dirty Dollar." And he has another one earmarked for Yugoslavia, "The Deadly Target." He'll be away most of the next two years. Because of a series of furniture polish commercials, Montgomery's popularity here is on the upswing. He's under a three-year contract to the polish manufacturer. Besides doing the TV spots, he does personal ap- pcaranccs for them. He's still very active making his own furniture and he calls his workshop his "factory." He's also taken up sculpting. He used lo paint but that was when lie was married to Dinah Shore and they would paint together. He wanted to be an artist when he was a boy but got sidetracked into acting. Now, however, he has found sculpting and that satisfies his artistic urge. INKWSI'AI'KK KNTKKI'WSE ASSN.I BOOK REVIEWS THE VILLA OF THE FER- ROMONTE. By Lawrence B. Eisenberg. Simon & Schuster. Now for summer reading comes "The Villa of the Ferro- monte," a novel just right for the hot weather. There is magic here. A young : man visits his two elderly : aunts, living in the same city as himself, and by going into ; one of their rooms they are all three transported back 45 : years, to the beautiful villa of • the Ferromonte family (hence, •[obviously the title) near Rome. : There, one of the beautiful : young aunts accepts the propos• al of marriage by the man she • did later marry. What happens • to the nephew, of course, is not : historical, so none of them :know how his part will end. : The nephew and the aunts ea- rgerly go in and out of the room, ;that is the villa, a number of times, in between living at their present ages and circum: stances in the present day. Magic isn't always all good, as we know from childhood stories, and there are lots of suggestions of mystery and evil intentions here. The author, whose first novel this is, has cleverly kept the reader on a [comfortable keel. One wants to keep reading to find out what happens and to put to rest the [apprehension that the novel :stirs up. But the apprehension never takes the reader as far as real fear. So it's okay for summertime reading. You're stirred up, but not scared to death. THE EAGLES DIE: Franz Joseph, Elisabeth and their Austria. By George R. Marek. The collapse of the Austro- Hungarian Empire after World War I was a major factor in Western Europe's decline and the rise of the Soviet Union and the rest of the East in the power struggle. Far back in the 19th century the great French diplomat Talleyrand prophetically stressed that a strong Austria was indispensable as a buffer against the hordes beyond the Oder. George R. Marek has told the story of the empire's twilight years? during the long reign of Emperor Franz Joseph. He describes the chaos of the revolutions of 1848, the defeat by Prussia and yielding to that power of dominance in the German world, the suicide of the ;mperor's only son and heir. \rchduke Rudolf, at Mayerling, .he, empress's assassination and .he pistol shots at Sarajevo that aunched World War I. Marek relies too much on modern psychology to form his character judgments, a shaky device when applied to those long dead. But he has dived undaunted into some very demanding research and described the period with color and affection. He attempts to recapture the whole epoch. Franz Joseph emerges as the supreme bureaucrat of his regime, duty bound but unimaginative. His beautiful empress, Elisabeth, fled early from the realities of her responsibilities; even her murder seems more melodrama than history. And the murder by frustrated, unbalanced Rudolf of one of his mistresses, Mary Vetsera, and his subsequent suicide lose in the glare of truth the romance that has encrusted them. But there is also the story of creativeness in Vienna — Johann Strauss Jr. and his waltzes, Richard Strauss and his symphonies and operas, Gustav Mahler, composer and conductor. The death of a great power which nurtured them saddens while it instructs us. Ronald C. Hood Associated Press —lit 1 a courteous driver. British Country Hits Ry MARY CAMPBELL AP Ncwsfcatures Writer Can a British girl with a hyphenated name cut a record as far away from Nashville as London and get a country hit in the United States? Sure. Olivia Newton-John did it with "If You Love Me, Let Me Know" and then she did it with "I/;t Me Be There." Both became pop hits, too, and sold a million copies. Now she's recorded "I Love You, I Honestly Love You" and advance orders are so strong that it's on the best-selling charts before it's in most of the stores. And Olivia Newton-John hasn't yet set foot in Nashville. She won a Grammy Award in the "best country female vocal performance" category this year with "Let Me Be There" and says, "It's probably the first time an English person won an award over Nashville people." But she wants to go to Nashville and says, "I don't think it makes any difference where you make a record. I did hear about one lady singer who wasn't too happy about me, but I don't think they'll eat me there. I want to go there; I'm not afraid. The problem is just finding time to go." Miss Newton-John — that's her real name — moved from Wales to Australia with her family at age 5. Her father was master of the college at Ormond College in Australia. She liked to sing and entertain people as a child-and at 13 entered i a • contest for a Kaley Mills look-alike. She remembers that she won it but can't remember how many girls entered — "Probably two." She and three other girls started a singing group called the Sol Four, stopped that when it interfered with high school. She entered another contest, this time singing, won, and the prize was a trip to London. There she became half a duo with another Australian girl, Pat Carroll, but Miss Carroll's visa expired and she returned to Australia. Since 1971, Miss Newton-John has been singing solo. "I've been singing since I was 15; that's 10 years. I enjoyed the group and the double act but I think I've enjoyed b'eing on my own most. You have only yourself to blame. "I always listened to folk music. I don't think it was too much planned that I'd become a country singer. But my record producer was quite keen on that music and thought it suited me and nobody else around Lxmdon was doing it, so I did it. "My first solo record in 1971 was 'If Not for You.' I had other songs almost making it, but not quite. I recorded 'Country Roads' and 'Banks of the Ohio.' The country stations knew of me. "Then the two songs that did make it were written by John Rostill. Unfortunately he died recently. He was a friend. "My new record was written by Jeff Barry and Peter Allen. I write some. One, 'Changes,' is on my new album. One is on an English album that isn't out here. Maybe it'll be on the next one." In this country, Miss Newton- John has three albums out, "Olivia Newton-John" on UNI, "Let Me Be There" and "If You Love Me, Let Me Know" on MCA. They don't have exactly the same songs as her albums in England because the second album for the United States was The convention center at Holiday Inn a collection of all her country cuts. But things will get lined up so that future releases will be alike. Miss Newton-John is in the United States, having performed at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles and in Las Vegas for two weeks with Charlie Rich. Next, she says, "I'll go on the state fair tour all over the place. In Vegas I wore long dresses. I think I'll wear trousers for the state fairs because I might be walking across muddy fields to get on stage. Trousers are more comfortable." The band who'll be with her for the state fair tour is from Minnesota. "We heard them on the last tour and we were pleased with them. They're not well known or anything but they play everything; they can play country and they can play jazz." Better than touring, though, Miss Newton-John says, "I like recording best. I think I like it best because it means I can sing a lot. Usually I go in in the afternoon and work through until I finish. It could be 1 in the morning. Sometimes there are days when I sing six T s?ven good tracks in the sarm- day. Another day I can only get through one or two. It all depends. I record in London — on Abbey Road." Asked about aspirations and goals, Miss Newton-John says, "I just drift along with it." We had been told that because she is so pretty young men are falling in love with her in droves. "Really?" she says when asked about it. "I don't think they're doing it enough to bug me." She says, "I'm single. I think it would be very difficult if I wasn't. I have a boyfriend but I think unless a husband could travel with you, it's difficult for a marriage when you're away so much. "I don't want to be on the road forever. I want to be able to get in a position where I can work so many weeks and be off so many weeks." 'Hey You 9 may be best way to cope SAN DIEGO, Calif. (AP) George and Jan Jarvie are your typical couple. He's husky, 6-foot-4, 230, a professional boat builder. She's slim, a housewife, working girl. She's George. He's Jan. In the five years they have been married, the confusion has been endless. Jan Jarvie still refuses to call his wife by her given name, which actually is spelled Jorj. "He'll call me frog, hey you, bear, anything but George," she says. A native of San Diego, Jarvie was named for Finnish ancestors. His wife was born in Phoenix, Ariz., and believes jokingly that her name was "made up by a very odd mother, who couldn't think of anything." School was a nightmare of mixups. Every time Jorj was asked her name, it was written down as George.. .and boys' gym was one of her required courses. San Marcos, Calif., authorities insisted she take that course, and Jorj recalls: "I kept telling them, 'but wait, wait,' Actually, I thought it was okay but the freshmen boys were terrified. "To this day, we fight to get Jan listed as the husband on applications and me as the wife. The nieces and nephews have a terrible time with Uncle Jan and Aunt George, but they're finally getting it." If they have children, the Jarvies see no problem with names — "just something simple, like Bill for a boy or Mary for a girl," Both the Marquis de Lafayette and his wife had the same first names — Marie — but because he succeeded to liis father's title at the age of two, he is remembered only by his title. 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